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10 Reasons I Fell in Love with Cardiff

8 May 2024
Photo by Taylor Floyd Mews on Unsplash
Photo by Taylor Floyd Mews on Unsplash

Hey everyone! I often get asked why I chose Cardiff University and what makes Cardiff so special. Well, I’m excited to share my top 10 reasons why I fell in love with this vibrant city. From its rich culture to the friendly community, Cardiff has a lot to offer. So, whether you’re considering studying here or just curious about what makes Cardiff unique, stay tuned as I dive into what makes this place truly special to me

Safety First
As an international student, feeling safe in your new city is a big deal, right? Well, you’ll be glad to know that Cardiff ranks as one of the safest cities in the UK. I remember reading a survey that highlighted Cardiff’s low crime rates, making it a top choice for safety. Plus, during the freshman week parties at the university, there’s always a dedicated security team around, ensuring everyone’s having fun without any worries. It’s just one of the many reasons why I’m all in on Cardiff!

City of Scenes

Cardiff isn’t just beautiful—it’s a star-studded backdrop for many beloved shows! From the adventures of “Doctor Who” to the mysterious settings of “Sherlock” and “His Dark Materials,” this city is a real-life film set. Whether it’s magical landscapes or historic streets, Cardiff brings screen stories to life, making everyday strolls through the city feel like a walk through your favorite scenes.

Heart of the City

Living in Cardiff University is super convenient—right in the city center! Everything you need, from shops to cafes, is just a stone’s throw away. It’s like having the city at your fingertips; you can grab a coffee, do some quick shopping, or even catch a movie, all within a short walk from campus. This central location is perfect for students who love having their essentials nearby, making daily life a breeze.

Cultural Canvas
Cardiff is a vibrant hub of culture and arts. Whether it’s the live music scenes, art exhibitions, or various festivals throughout the year, there’s always something happening. I’ve attended incredible concerts at the Wales Millennium Centre and explored unique art at the Chapter Arts Centre. These cultural experiences not only enrich the soul but also connect us with diverse communities right here in Cardiff.

Green Retreats
One of my favorite escapes within the city is Bute Park. It’s like a green oasis right at our doorstep! With expansive lawns, serene river paths, and historical landmarks, it’s perfect for a picnic, a jog, or just some quiet time away from the bustle of student life. Cardiff’s commitment to preserving such spaces truly enhances our city life.

Historical Footprints
Cardiff’s history is etched into its architecture. Take Cardiff Castle, a historical fortress that offers a glimpse into the past with its Victorian Gothic revival interiors and wartime shelters. Exploring these landmarks, you feel connected to the centuries of stories embedded within these walls, a constant reminder of Cardiff’s rich heritage.

Flavourful Cardiff
Foodies rejoice! Cardiff’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious. From bustling food markets like Cardiff Central Market offering fresh local produce to a wide range of restaurants serving everything from Welsh cuisine to international dishes, there’s always something to satisfy your taste buds. It’s a great way to explore the world through flavours without leaving the city.

Connectivity Hub
Getting around in Cardiff is a breeze thanks to its efficient public transport network. Whether it’s catching a bus to explore the outskirts or hopping on a train for a day trip to nearby cities, the connectivity here is fantastic. It makes life so much easier, especially when planning adventures outside our academic schedules.

Career Opportunities
For those of us keen on creative and tech industries, Cardiff is a growing hotspot. The city is rapidly becoming known for its opportunities in sectors like creative media and AI. Internships and job openings are often available, giving us a head start in our careers right in our university city.

Student Support Services
The support services available both at Cardiff University and within the city are exceptional. From academic help to mental health resources, the community here truly cares about our well-being. It’s comforting to know that there’s always help at hand, whether it’s exam stress or just needing someone to talk to.